TMD “Fired Up Friday” Response 11-30-12

My reply to “Fired Up Friday” on the daily Sirius-XM satellite radio show The Morning Drive with Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone. Because of work I don’t have time to call in every week but I will respond on here! Comments to the blog are more than welcome!

#1 ” What is the best event of Champions Week and why?”

By far Nascar After The Lap. Where else do you get to see the driver’s let their hair down so to speak? Well besides in Brad Keselowski’s 2013 Championship celebration…..
The Stewie Awards come in a close second but without Tony being on the air each week on Sirius XM they have lost some of there appeal and credibility. The rest of the Championship week festivities are just like going through the motions, does anyone even watch the awards ceremony?

#2 “What is your favorite new car design for 2013”?

Wow, this is a tough one. Honestly I can’t decide. They are all awesome. The Dodge sticks out in my mind I think because for one its the first one we saw. It has probably the most unique nose piece and that really stands out. I like the nose on the Toyota but it looses me with the flat side, same for the Ford. I really like the side body lines that Chevy and Dodge put into their cars. So since Dodge is gone I guess I would have to pick the Chevy SS.

#3 “Should the Most Popular Driver Award be matched with the results on the track?”

What? No! Why in the heck would you do that?? We have that award already, Brad Keselowski won it this year! It’s the Most Popular Driver Award, it has ZERO to do with performance, heck Danica Patrick won it in Nationwide for goodness sake! Base it of souvenir sales, base it off twitter mentions, base it off whatever you want the result is going to be the same. Are we really that bored two weeks into winter that this is an issue for people to complain about? Give me a break!

“TMD” Fired Up Friday Responce

Hopefully a weekly new feature to JDSMotorsports.com, my reply to “Fired Up Friday” on the daily Sirius-XM satellite radio show The Morning Drive with Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone. Because of work I don’t have time to call in every week but I will respond on here! Comments to the blog are more than welcome!

1. Is anti-JJ sentiment picking up cause hes getting closer to tying Richard Petty & Dale Earnhardt for most Cup championships?
I don’t think so. Number one, its going to happen sooner or later, I think after five in a row most people have came to accept that. Number two its a different time. At the time when Jeff Gordon was destined to win at least seven the anti-sentiment grew because he was going to out due Dale Sr. and Petty at their own game. The chase changed the game. Not to take away from how impressive JJ’s five are, or how impressive six? seven? eight? who knows will be.

2. What is your favorite Cup championship battle?
I’m sure most people are saying Stewart VS Edwards, or Atlanta 1992, or heck, maybe even this year. But I am going with something different. Not the closest, or most exciting, but the most memorable to me. Maybe not in a good way either.

1994. Ernie Irvan vs Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Growing up a Ford fan following Bill Elliott, Davey Allison, and Ernie Irvan when he took over the #28 car I was excited going in that Robert Yates and the #28 team were finally going to get there championship. Also it goes without saying that being a Ford guy, I hated that dreaded black #3. Going into summer time it looked like this battle was going to be one for the ages. Neither the #28 car nor the #3 could do anything wrong. And I of course was certain that Ernie and crew had what it took to pull it out. Sadly that all changed the Friday morning before the GM Goodwrench Dealer 400 at Michigan in turn two. At the age of 8 I was heart broken. Not only that my favorite driver had gotten hurt but that the “villain” Dale Earnhardt Sr. was going to win the title.

3. Where does Phoenix fit into the NASCAR landscape?

It fits great, its different, its not a cookie cutter track, the weather is always great, etc, etc. Phoenix has long been a main stay in the last weeks of the season. The only thing that would make it feel more right is if the series were heading to Atlanta for the season finale! (note:there is nothing wrong with homestead, not arguing they should change it back) I do think however that Phoenix has lost a little of its flare when they went to two race dates. That is one thing that makes Homestead special is that its the only trip the tour makes there making it a little more of a challenge and gives the fans something different they haven’t seen before in the year.